Capital Beltway

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Capital Beltway


When the completed 66-mile Beltway officially opened, motorists came eager to drive the full route in a bumper-to-bumper stream. The first section opened in 1961; the road was completed in 1964. The Beltway, called the Circumferential Highway during planning stages, opened with two lanes each way from Springfield to the Cabin John Bridge, and widened to three lanes on the Maryland side of the Potomac.


Dedication photo, courtesy Bill Summmerson